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CaixaForum Barcelona

A cultural centre in an old Modernista factory

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A major cultural and educational centre in an old Modernista factory designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch. CaixaForum Barcelona is a cultural centre created on Montjuïc Mountain by the La Caixa Foundation. In addition to being a social, cultural and educational centre, CaixaForum is also known for the architecture of its building.

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Why visit CaixaForum?

CaixaForum, located at the bottom of Montjuïc Mountain, occupies the building of the old Casaramona textile factory, which was designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch in the Modernista style. It is a building with a surface area of more than 12,000 m², built in exposed brick, which won the annual artistic buildings competition prize in 1913 and was declared a Historic Monument of National Interest in 1976.

The building, which was renovated by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and others, is formed by a set of horizontal units arranged on one level to facilitate the transfer of goods by means of a system of internal roads that also served as firebreaks, similar to the one in place at Hospital de Sant Pau. The centre has five exhibition halls that are home to collections of ancient, modern and contemporary art, and organises a wide variety of activities, such as film showings, music performances, conferences, and literature and philosophy cycles, in addition to educational programmes for schools and families.

The CaixaForum in Barcelona isn't the only one that exists.The foundation has centres spread throughout Spain in Madrid, Seville, Zaragoza, Tarragona, Lérida and Palma de Mallorca. The purpose of these spaces is to reflect the social commitment of Fundación "La Caixa", through the social work of the institution and by spreading and promoting culture and art for everyone. 

CaixaForum Barcelona Exhibitions

Throughout its more than 15-year history, CaixaForum Barcelona has housed hundreds of temporary exhibitions. Some of the most important, since its creation, have been the ones devoted to significant artists of this century and the previous one including: Dalí, Miquel Barceló, Rodin, Rubens, Velázquez, Van Dyck, Jordaens, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alphonse Mucha, Renoir, Picasso, Lucian Freud, Walt Disney and Andy Warhol, to name a few.


How do you get to CaixaForum?

The CaixaForum – Pavelló Mies Van der Rohe stop on the Red Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic is right outside CaixaForum.


CaixaForum upcoming events, tickets and hours

During the entire year, CaixaForum Barcelona offers a series of permanent and temporary exhibitions.The complete schedule, as well as all information about purchasing tickets, rates and prices, opening hours and planning your visit, is available on the official website of CaixaForum Barcelona


For the most curious of you

  • Did you know? The Casaramona factory represented a great step forward in its time. It was not only the first to use electrical energy for its manufacturing, but its design also took the sanitary conditions of the workforce into account and maximised the use of natural light.

  • Local’s tip: In addition to its exhibitions CaixaForum is known for the large number of cultural, recreational and educational activities it organises. 
  • A must: For those interested in Barcelona’s cultural and social aspects.